Warriors-Clippers cheatsheet: With LA struggling, Boogie could return with a bang

first_imgClippers Stock Report: Following a 14-6, Western Conference-leading start, the Clippers have come down to earth.Over … LOS ANGELES – The LA Clippers have struggled in recent weeks, which could help the Warriors welcome DeMarcus Cousins back to the court with a bang.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.When/Where: Staples Center, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSBA)Clippers projected starting lineup: Danilo Gallinari, Tobias Harris, Martin Gortat, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Avery Bradleylast_img read more

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South Africa marks monuments day

first_img20 April 2016South Africa’s Freedom Park joined the world in commemorating International Day of Monuments and Sites on 18 April.Endorsed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) was enshrined in 1964. Its role is to lead the conservation and protection of cultural heritage sites.This year the theme of the day was “The Heritage of Sport” because “sports have developed from the origin of humankind onwards and have left testimonies to the diversity of installations and facilities related to their practice, many of them bearing values related to the development of architecture, art and techniques”, said Mechtild Rossler, the director of Unesco’s World Heritage Centre.Sport was also a tool that helped nation building and to unite people, noted Freedom Park.“The 18th of April is a day which finds its purpose of having a reflexive ambience of cultural heritage worldwide,” reads the Freedom Park website. “Furthermore, sport has been a strong activity which has successfully aligned itself towards nation building and gives a platform for all cultural diversity to partake in.”Freedom Park, alongside the Department of Basic Education, the City of Tshwane and Lucas Moripe Foundation got learners involved by asking 10 schools to conduct presentations through speech and prose, to demonstrate the role of cultural heritage institutions and how to conserve them.Watch this to find out more about Freedom Park:Source: South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

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Thou Shalt Commission Thy Ducts!

first_imgThe typical new home gets a heating and air conditioning system that’s about two times too large. I’ve  discussed oversized air conditioners many times before. Most HVAC contractors use a rule of thumb that says they should put in one ton of air conditioning capacity for each 500-600 square feet of conditioned floor area. New homes, though, typically need one ton for each 1,000 or more square feet of floor area.So the typical system’s too big, as you can clearly see in this photo I took in Texas on a recent trip. (And that’s just the AC for the garage!) As it turns out then, an oversized system is good, in a perverse way.Why? Because the typical duct system is too small, has too many kinks, is made up of too much flaccid flex, and just generally can’t handle all the air from the oversized system. In many cases, though, it moves enough air to keep the house comfortable. It also provides some cushion, or elasticity, so that the HVAC contractor can get away with installing it that way and having it work OK, sort of. What happens in a high-performance home if the design has an incorrect assumption in one place? Or if the flex duct wasn’t pulled as tight as it should have been? Or when the contractor doesn’t use rigid elbows? Or the builder uses wood grilles, with their much lower air flow?I’ll tell you what happens. That system that was supposed to live happily on the good side of the razor’s edge slips onto the underperforming side, and it’s a bloody mess. How do I know? We do HVAC design here, and we’ve had a couple of cases where these things have happened. Why this doesn’t fly with high-performance homesIn a high-performance home, the system is designed to be as close to the right size as possible. That means the ducts have to be designed and installed correctly, too. But the thing is, there’s not much buffer in this case. The cushion and elasticity are minimal here so that the system can do its job as well as it can. That means evening out temperature spikes and removing more moisture in humid climates. RELATED ARTICLES Duct Leakage TestingSealing Ducts: What’s Better, Tape or Mastic?How to Track Down Leaks in Forced-Air DuctworkVideo: Duct Sealing and Leak TestingShould Flex Duct Be Banned?How to Install Flex Duct ProperlyRaining, Dripping, Crying Duct BootsWhy Don’t More HVAC Contractors Own Duct Leakage Testers?Pinpointing Leaks With a Fog MachineKeeping Ducts Indoors Fine Homebuilding: Testing and Sealing Ductwork Thou shalt commission thy ducts!The thing is, the distress of unhappy homeowners can be avoided easily by spending a few hours commissioning the system to make sure not only that the equipment is working but also that the duct system is moving enough air.If you’re an HVAC contractor and you’re not already commissioning every air conditioning system you install in a high-performance home, you’re going to face those callbacks. To avoid that, you may need to add some tools and techniques, but the heartache — and money — you save later on will make it worthwhile. Here’s what you need to do with every system:Measure the temperature drop across the evaporator coil. It should be within the manufacturer’s specs, which is generally 15°F to 20°F.Measure the total external static pressure. This tells you if the blower’s able to do what it needs to do. It’s like blood pressure and shouldn’t be too high or too low.Measure the total duct leakage. Even if the ducts are inside the building enclosure, you can have distribution — and comfort — problems if there’s a big leak somewhere, as we discovered in one project.Measure the air flow from all the supply vents. In the photo below, I’m doing that with a powered flow hood (the FlowBlaster from the Energy Conservatory).Measure the air flow on the return side. If the sum of the supplies doesn’t match the total return air flow, something’s wrong.Check the mechanical ventilation system. Some configurations have the outside air being dumped into the return side of the air handler unit. If that’s the case, there should always be an electronic damper with a controller in the duct to the outside to prevent the air handler from from pulling in outside air during times when it’s not supposed to. If it’s simply a duct running from outside to the return plenum, the damper and controller are almost always there, but I’ve seen some ERVs installed without these necessary components. (More about this in a separate article later.)Measure the mechanical system air flow. If the ventilation system is supposed to bring in 100 cubic feet per minute, 30 minutes per hour, how do you know it’s really doing that if you don’t measure it? And if you’re installing a balanced ventilation system (ERV or HRV), how do you know it’s balanced if you don’t measure?Look for pressure imbalances in the house. Bedroom doors get closed at night. What happens to the air if those rooms have only supply vents? There should always be a way for air to get back to the system when doors are closed.If the house is going for certification in the Energy Star new homes program, all this stuff, and more, is required now that Version 3 is out. Not every high-performance home you come across is in a program like this, however, so it’s just a good policy to understand the nature of your projects and protect yourself from future heartaches by doing it right from the beginning.Yeah, it’s more work than you may be used to doing as an HVAC contractor, but I can tell you one thing: It’s a heck of a lot better to do these things before the happy new owners move into the house. Before their smiles turn to frowns. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

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Kevin Alas heads home after successful ACL surgery

first_imgLATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Alas was sidelined for 10 months when he tore his ACL the first time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ALL SMILES. @kevinlouiealas is out of the hospital after a successful ACL reconstruction surgery!Here he is with our assistant team manager Mon Celis, conditioning coach George Yorobe and dad @CoachLouieAlas. #ArangkadaAlas! pic.twitter.com/Rz4Sgqhzr0FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges— NLEX Road Warriors (@ArangkadaNLEX) February 12, 2019 Juventus signs Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal from next season The 27-year-old Alas sustained an ACL tear in his right knee on February 2, the exact same injury on the same knee he suffered last year.Alas is determined to power through his latest setback and he will especially with a strong support system led by his family and longtime girlfriend and courtside reporter Selina Dagdag.“We’re about to embark on this round 2 with lots of hope and positivity! Please keep @kevinlouiealas in your prayers always. We know God’s plans are the best!” Dagdag posted on her Instagram account.“He’s okay. He’s already in high spirit,” said his father Louie Alas.The former Letran star went down just five games into the 2019 Philippine Cup where he was averaging 8.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists before the injury.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kevin Alas’ road to recovery is off to a great start.NLEX’s rising guard underwent a successful ACL reconstruction surgery and has been discharged from the hospital, the Road Warriors announced on their official Twitter account Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READlast_img read more

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When it comes to preparation, Virat is similar to Tendulkar: Shastri

first_imgNottingham, Aug 22 (PTI) Virat Kohli’s passion is unmatched and his game sense could only be compared to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, feels Indian team’s head coach Ravi Shastri. Kohli has so far scored 440 runs with two hundreds in three Tests as India made a comeback with a 203-run win in the Trent Bridge game. “He (Kohli) is very passionate about the game. He loves batting. He loves to do the hard yards. His work ethic is second to none and I have not seen any cricketer. I will put (Sachin) Tendulkar in that bracket when it comes to preparation, visualising situations, how he goes about planning, ability to stay in present — great qualities in any human being,” Shastri told Mike Atherton during an interview for Sky Sports. Shastri said that despite two classic Test match innings 97 and 103 in Nottingham, Kohli will start with a clean slate in the next game. “I promise you that these two innings, he has forgotten. He will take guard as if he has not got runs in this series,” Shastri said. The former all-rounder reiterated that the current fast bowling unit is “best by a mile” in the history of Indian cricket. “Oh by a mile (if they are best group of fast bowlers) and (also in terms of) bench strength. If you look, the two potently best bowlers for English conditions would have been Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. “We didn’t have them at all right through the ODI series (Bumrah had a fractired wrist and Bhuvneshwar had back issue) and also not at the start of the Test series. So we couldn’t play as a unit, then we have Ishant, and Shami and we have Umesh in the reserves, who is bowling beautifully. They can come into play anytime.”advertisement Terming this as India’s most clinical performance since he took over, Shastri said that the aim will be to be the “best travelling side.” “We know we will thrash teams at home. There’s no chance for opposition if they come to India and if we prepare tracks that suit us. But we want to go outside and win and I think this side can be the best travelling side in the world.” PTI KHS SSCSSClast_img read more

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10 months agoArsenal favourites as Aston Villa disappointed after Cahill talks

first_imgArsenal favourites as Aston Villa disappointed after Cahill talksby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa have found the personal demands of Chelsea captain Gary Cahill too rich.The Telegraph says Villa had held talks with the 33-year-old but cannot meet the demands Chelsea have put on the table.The Blues want Cahill’s £110,000-a-week wages paid in full if he is to leave Stamford Bridge on loan.And the former England international is said to want a similar sum if he was to make a permanent move to Villa Park.Arsenal boss Unai Emery could make a surprise raid for him instead.Arsenal could get a deal done on New Years Day if all parties can reach a swift agreement. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoGuardiola denies Man City pitch-tampering for Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Guardiola denies Man City pitch-tampering for Liverpoolby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has denied he tampered with the pitch before Thursday’s win over Liverpool.There has been talk that the Spaniard ordered City groundstaff to grow the grass extra-long in a bid to stifle Liverpool’s quick-passing game.”I’m not the groundskeeper,” said Guardiola. “I never did. If they want to play quick, we want to play quicker. We always try to put water on, but it’s not necessary here.”We want to cut the field – it’s better conditions for both teams. When this happens, you do the best for opponents.”We have to respect them with the rules. I never speak with the groundsman.”I have many issues to think about that. I trust the groundsman – I never made a phone call to say do this to damage our opponents. When you do that karma tends to get you.” last_img read more

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5 days agoChelsea matchwinner Marcos Alonso: Our intensity earned Newcastle victory

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea matchwinner Marcos Alonso: Our intensity earned Newcastle victoryby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea fullback Marcos Alonso was delighted to prove the matchwinner in victory over Newcastle United.The Spaniard struck in the 73rd minute to secure a fifth consecutive win for Frank Lampard’s Blues, although the victory owed much to persistence and patience from those within the ranks. “Newcastle played very compact and it’s not easy to find spaces to attack or create chances but I think we played well in the second half. We were so intense and finally got the goal and the three points,” said the defender.”We believed because we knew the game would be like this – we were prepared for this and in the first half maybe we were lacking a bit of patience in the final third but in the end we were happy with the three points and the goals. It was a massive win after the international break.”He also told the club’s website: “We have many options in the team and this is good. The team is getting better, we are improving game by game and we need to continue in this way. We are moving the ball quickly, our press is good and we are doing a good job as a team. We have clear ideas and we have to continue in this way.” last_img read more

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How a Toronto writing group opened the doors for queer and trans

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement I recently watched the first two episodes of the new FX series called Atlanta, produced by actor, writer and musician Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino). I was immediately struck by casual nuances in the writing and, though I’ve never lived in the city of Atlanta, there was an undeniable feeling of authenticity. And I later learned that Atlanta is one of the few shows in television network history to boast an all-black writing staff. When questioned about his motivations for curating an all-black writing team, Donald Glover responded: “I wanted to show white people, you don’t know everything about Black culture.”What possibilities emerge when you provide access and space to diverse writers? It was this question and desire for access and space that led Toronto based writer Dianah Smith to create ‘A’ is for Orange (pronounced “A is for Ah-range”), a creative incubator and reading series for emerging queer and trans writers of Caribbean descent. The group is no longer active, and there is very little digital documentation of it’s existence, but the legacy of ‘A’ is for Orange can be felt throughout the city.The story of ‘A’ is For Orange begins in 2005, when Smith took a leave of absence from full-time teaching to develop her writing. She enrolled in several classes at Ryerson University, including one on autobiographical writing. However her initial enthusiasm was quickly replaced by a growing unease and discomfort as she realized the realities and limitations of the university classroom.  “I would present my stories and there would just be flat or very uncomfortable questions,” she tells me over the phone. “Typical questions focusing on the food or the music or whatever ethnic parts of the story and not really the content and the craft. It was really frustrating.” Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Twitter Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Supporters of Wetsuweten hereditary chiefs hold rally in Smithers

first_imgSMITHERS, B.C. – Hundreds of supporters and hereditary chiefs from around British Columbia gathered in Smithers to show solidarity with the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation.Chief Na’Moks says the rights of the hereditary chiefs to the land have never been extinguished.He says no elected band council or Crown authority has jurisdiction over the land, and agreements signed by pipeline builder Coastal GasLink are illegitimate. Coastal GasLink says it has signed agreements with all 20 elected band councils involved.Chiefs and elected council members from several B.C. First Nations, including Haida, Gitxsan, Babine Lake and Lax Kwa’laams, shared stories of resistance against industry and frustration with the application of Canadian laws during the gathering.Harvey Humchitt, a hereditary chief with the Heiltsuk First Nation in Bella Bella, where a tug ran aground spilling diesel and lubricants into the waters, says it only takes one incident to cause devastation.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

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